Kabul: Mir Rahman Rahmani, speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, said that the treatment of Amrullah Saleh, the first vice-president, with Amir Shah Naebzada, a member of the parliament, was hasty and illegal. Speaking at the plenary session of the parliament on Monday, Rahmani said that according to Article 102 of the constitution, whenever a member of the National Assembly is accused of a crime, the responsible official is obliged to report it to the parliament.
“No official information has been given to the House of Representatives about Naebzada,” he added. In the case of an apparent crime, only the officer in charge can prosecute the accused without the permission of the parliament. “Whenever prosecution legally requires detention, the officer in charge is still obliged to inform the parliament and obtain its approval.”
According to Rahmani, Saleh’s treatment of Naebzada by threatening and publishing it in the media had no legal justification and it was a hasty and illegal act, he added. He stressed that if government officials and law enforcement do not consider the law, the structure of the legal system will disintegrate and discredit institutions and the government.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives said, “If Naebzada has acted in violation of national security, he should be investigated through the judiciary for obvious and objective reasons, and otherwise, his ban on leaving and the siege of his house is against the law. And it is immunity and not acceptable to the House of Representatives.”
A few days ago, following the Taliban’s attacks on Badghis province and the entry of the group’s fighters into the city of Qala-e-Naw, the capital of the province, an audio file of the phone call of Amrullah Saleh, the first vice-president, with Amir Shah Naebzada, the representative of the people of Badghis in the House of Representatives was posted on social media, in which Saleh accused this member of parliament of supporting the Taliban.
In this audio file, Saleh told Amir Shah Naebzada, “We have received repeated credible reports that you encourage the ANDSF to surrender. If you don’t stop and accept your mistake, you will not be forgiven.”
Amir Shah Naebzada, Badghis’s representative in the House of Representatives, confirmed the phone call, saying that Saleh had spoken irresponsibly because there is no evidence in this case. “I am someone who fought against the Taliban for years. I am not responsible for the collapse of districts and ports,” he said.
Meanwhile, as the Taliban intensifies its attacks in the country and reports of the group’s fighters mistreating women in the occupied territories, the House of Representatives has called on the United Nations to protect Afghan women from Taliban threats. “Discrimination and inhumane treatment of women in Taliban-held areas is worrying,” Rahmani said.
In addition to the United Nations, Rahmani called on the Afghan Human Rights Commission, the European Commission, and women and human rights organizations, as well as domestic and international organizations, to address and support concerns about the Taliban’s mistreatment of women. Residents of a number of areas that have recently fallen to Taliban militants have said that the Taliban have imposed restrictions on women when they enter the area.
They added that the group’s fighters treat women as they did during their Emirate in Kabul. The Taliban did not allow women to leave their homes without a male and forced them to wear burqas. Balkh Governor Mohammad Farhad Azimi also said a few days ago that the Taliban had flogged women in the province in some cases for failing to comply with the group’s principles.
Also, addressing the Lower House of Parliament, MP for Jowzjan province Halima Sadaf Karimi claimed that the Taliban have stated that widows and young girls marry Taliban fighters and be transferred to Pakistan’s Waziristan for Islamic teachings. Karimi added that the Taliban have flogged women who have gone out to find a piece of bread, and that no one should remain silent against Taliban’s oppression.
On the other hand, Amrullah Saleh, the first vice-president, on Monday said that the Taliban are a group fighting for a package of mixed interests, and the group’s rule in Afghanistan is impossible. “Who the Taliban are, where they are being supported, what they are looking for, what ugliness they have in mind, and what their strategy is to conquer the land,” Saleh wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. “The issue can be summed up in one word: the Taliban is our enemy and we must do everything we can to destroy this enemy.”
According to him, the main reason for the recent developments was the reckless relocation of the defense and security forces, which was not based on military judgment and instead of a strong presence in several points, there was a weak presence in hundreds of points and even this part was not considered correctly. Saleh wrote, “The enemy is neither six meters tall nor winged. From an organizational point of view, the strength of the enemy is divided into three parts. The first is the trained forces, which will be led directly by the Pakistani Special Forces from Peshawar-Quetta and elsewhere. Google communication tools and maps make it very easy. The second part is the local units that work under the name of the Military Commission. These, too, do not play much role except in extorting money from the people and imposing a party on the locals. The third part is the recent recruits who have no morals.”
Saleh called the first part the main strength of the Taliban and described their training as similar to that of Lashkar-e-Taiba, who are trained in Pakistan. He has said that in recent months, one of the Taliban’s advantages has been the possession of camera, weapons and snipers; but the security forces have more modern and better weapons than the Taliban. “The withdrawal of foreign forces created a very immediate vacuum, and part of the recent developments was predictable,” the first vice-president wrote. “Our main focus is on deployment, so that we can then take the next step in picking up the enemy. We do not need village forces, but agile forces that are moving quickly,” he added.
He said that all ethnic groups, provinces and most political forces (except Pakistani pensioners) were in favor of the victory of the army and that the Afghan armed forces had played a central role in the minds of the people and even the gaps created in recent weeks showed public respect for the forces.